The Houston Rockets have been pretty banged up all year, but not as bad as these last few days. James Harden went down with an ankle injury in the loss to the Sacramento Kings and isn’t 100% certain he’ll play this week. Chandler Parsons and Jeremy Lin are facing back issues. Terrence Jones has the flu. Greg Smith is just coming off an injury. Omer Asik is listed with an injury though it’s likely nothing as he’s expected to be traded any day now. Basically, last season’s entire starting lineup was out of practice yesterday, and some are in danger of missing actually games. It’s a long grueling season and the Rockets depth will be tested all season long. Check out the rest of the links for more!
- Evan Drellich (Houston Chronicle) on the Astros signing Matt Albers.
The news could get better for the Astros. Signing former closer Jose Veras remains a possibility, a source said Tuesday. The Astros this offseason have added roughly $22 million in player salaries for 2014.
- Brian McTaggart (MLB.com) on a toy drive run by L.J. Hoes.
- Astros County on whether Mike Carp is the answer at 1B for the Astros.
- Astros tweet of the day…
Between Qualls and Albers, the Astros have some pretty hefty relievers.
— Lee White (@Lee_White73) December 17, 2013
- David Barron (Houston Chronicle) with the latest injury updates.
The Rockets practiced with only eight players Monday, working four-on-four in the absence of five players with assorted ailments: Chandler Parsons (back), James Harden (sprained left ankle), Omer Asik (bruised right thigh), Jeremy Lin (back) and Terrence Jones (flu-like symptoms).
- Clutch (ClutchFans) identifies Houston’s priorities in an Omer Asik trade.
- Chris Sheridan (Sheridan Hoops) with an Omer Asik rumor roundup.
- Rockets tweet of the day…
#Rockets K Sampson said he thinks McHale will be back tonight , should be back for Wednesday game
— AdamWexlerCSN (@awexler) December 16, 2013
- Brian T. Smith (Houston Chronicle) on the Texans and Colts being worlds apart.
The Colts found their next Peyton Manning with the No. 1 overall pick of the 2012 NFL draft. Less than two seasons later, former Stratford High star Andrew Luck has turned Indianapolis into the premier team in a weak AFC South and discovered how to consistently defeat the Texans during the same span.
- Rivers McCown (Football Outsiders) on Case Keenum and the dumbening of the Texans.
- Jerome Solomon (Houston Chronicle) with five things we learned after the Texans 12th straight loss.
- Texans tweet of the day…
Just to reiterate: Tucker went undrafted. The Texans took the Aggie kicker in the 5th round. Carry on with your night.
— Curtis Leister (@leistomania93) December 17, 2013